Parution : John Renard, “Crossing Confessional Boundaries Exemplary Lives in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Traditions”, University of California Press, janv 2020.
Parution : John Renard, Crossing Confessional Boundaries Exemplary Lives in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Traditions, University of California Press, janv 2020.
Arguably the single most important element in Abrahamic cross-confessional relations has been an ongoing mutual interest in perennial spiritual and ethical exemplars of one another’s communities. Ranging from Late Antiquity through the Middle Ages, Crossing Confessional Boundaries explores the complex roles played by saints, sages, and Friends of God in the communal and intercommunal lives of Christians, Muslims, and Jews across the Mediterranean world, from Spain and North Africa to the Middle East to the Balkans. By examining these stories in their broad institutional, social, and cultural contexts, Crossing Confessional Boundaries reveals unique theological insights into the interlocking histories of the Abrahamic faiths.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Metaphor, Method, and the Three “Sources” of
PART ONE: GEOGRAPHIES SHARED-HISTORICAL/
1. Geographies Shared I—The Central Middle East
2. Geographies Shared II—Spain and North Africa
3. Geographies Shared III—From Anatolia to the Balkans
PART TWO: HAGIOGRAPHIES COMPARED-LITERARY
PERSPECTIVES: FORM, CONTENT, AND FUNCTION
4. Hagiography Constructed: An Owner’s Manual
5. Hagiography Deconstructed: A Reader’s Toolbox
6. Hagiography at Work: A Job Description
PART THREE: DRAMATIS PERSONAE: HISTORY, AUTHORITY,
7. Historical Themes and Institutional Authority
8. Constructions of Personal Authority—Epistemic
9. Exemplars and Their Communities
Conclusion: Comparative Approaches to Religious
Exemplarity and Hagiography
About the Author
John Renard is Professor of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University. His many books include Seven Doors to Islam: Spirituality and the Religious Life of Muslims, Windows on the House of Islam, Friends of God: Islamic Images of Piety, Commitment, and Servanthood, Tales of God’s Friends: Islamic Hagiography in Translation, and Islamic Theological Themes: A Primary Source Reader.